ASTR 330Fall 2007

Course Schedule

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Date Topics Reading Assignment Due
Aug. 23 Introductions Syllabus  
Aug. 28 Size Scales & Our Galaxy Evans: Ch 1,2A
Eric: p.1-4
Aug. 30 Cosmology and the Origin of Elements Evans: Ch 2A
Eric: p.5-14
HW 1
Sept. 3 The Early Galaxy and the First Stars Evans: Ch 2B-C
Eric: p.15-22
Sept. 6 From Atoms to Molecules to Clouds Evans: Ch 3A-C
Eric: p.23-29
Presentation Synopsis
Sept. 11 Star Formation Evans: Ch 3C
Eric: p.30-31
Sept. 13 Origin of planets Evans: Ch 3D-E
Eric: p.32-35
HW 2
Darcy Barron: Fermi Paradox

Margaret Hutton: Contact: How do we know?
Sept. 18 Nature of Solar Systems
Evans: Ch 3E
Eric: p.36-38
Michael Johnson: Mission to Mars

Ross Thompson: Hungry Aliens?
Sept. 20 Habitable Planets
Evans: Ch 3F HW 3
Rogelio Cruz: Origin of Live on Earth

Tyler Natoli: Wormholes
Sept. 25 Planets of Life
Evans: Ch 4A Mark Trennert: Terraforming Mars

Joseph Krischon: Transhumanism
Sept. 27 Nature of Life
Evans: Ch 4A HW 4
Margaret Gelman: Psychological Astrobiology

David Esquivel: Public Perception of ETs
Oct. 2 Origin of Life
Evans: Ch 4A-B
Eric: p.39-40
Gregory Frazier: Privileged Planet

Alexander Waite: Life in our Solar System
Oct. 4 Origin of Life
Evans: Ch 4C-D
Eric: p.41-45
HW 5
Danielle Campanella: ET and Religion- Reconcilable

Bryan White: Alien Lifeforms: Possibilities
Oct. 9 Life Alternatives Evans: Ch 4E-G  

Oct. 11


Oct. 16 Life in the Solar System
Evans: Ch 5A-B  
Oct. 18 Life in the Solar System
Evans: Ch 5C,D HW 6
Timothy Noffke: Archaeoastronomy

Se Hee Jang: ETs, so Far?
Oct. 23 Biological Evolution
Evans: Ch 6A
Eric: p.46-61
Jennifer Christie: The Greys

Jennifer Wojcicki: Voyager
Oct. 25 Origin of Intelligence
Evans: Ch 6B
Eric: p.62-66
HW 7
Michael Murphy: Improbable Drives

David Mayer: Self-Replicating Probes
Oct. 30 Cultural Evolution
Evans: Ch 7A
Eric: p.67-74
Joshua Seiter: Black Holes

Jonah Wolff: Colonizing Mars
Nov. 1 Evolution of World View
Evans: Ch 7B
Eric: p.75-91
HW 8
Steven Wyatt: Extrasolar Planets
Nov. 6 Lifetime
Evans: Ch 7C
Eric: p.92-103
Christine Fleener: Influence of ET on Imagination
Emmanuel Arredondo: Aliens and Pyramids
Nov. 8 Communication
Evans: Ch 8A-B,9A-C
Eric: p.104-105
HW 9
Nicholas Leners: Roswell

Karna Gowda: Extraterrestrial Civilizations
Nov. 13 Future of Civilization
Evans: Ch 9D-E
Eric: p.106-119
Sean White: Aliens in the Media

Lindsay Ellch: Abducted!
Nov. 15 Rockets Evans: Ch 7D,10A Rough Drafts Due
Nov. 20 Thanksgiving Break    
Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Break    
Nov. 27 Space Travel Evans: Ch 10 A Nicholas Kopp: Theory/Reality of Interstellar Travel
Nov. 29 Visitations Evans: Ch 10 B HW 10
David Zordan: L: When your Time is up

Sean Rohan: Space Law
Dec. 4 Contact Evans: Ch 10 C HW 11
Dec. 6 Review   Final Paper Due

Dec. 12

Final Exam


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